California School “Shoot Up” Plot By 17yo Foiled, Assault Rifles Recovered, After Florida Shooting

by Kim Boateng Last updated on March 14th, 2018,

Whittier, California, USA: A 17-year-old student at El Camino High School near the city of Whittier, California, was arrested, Wednesday, on suspicion of making criminal threats. The school reported the teen, after a school security officer overheard him threaten to open fire at his school.

A security officer on Friday heard the teen “say that he was going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference.

Deputies found an assault rifle at the home registered to his 28-year-old Army veteran brother and another that was not registered, which is a felony in California, McDonnell said.

The student was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, and his adult brother was arrested on five weapons charges after two assault rifles, 90 high-capacity magazines and other handguns were found in their home.

The sheriff said the brother is facing charges of possession of an assault weapon and other violations and that the teen had an extensive disciplinary history at school.

Robert Jacobsen, general counsel for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, said the teen didn’t like a teacher’s rule banning headphones in class but declined to provide further details about him, citing privacy issues.

“They felt there was enough there that they should call law enforcement so they can investigate further,” Jacobsen said. “In this day and age, we have to be proactive and make that report and go from there.”

He said the safety of students and staff is the highest priority.

“Given shootings that happened in Florida, and we hear about quite a few of them, we’re all looking to make sure we can prevent these concerns and find out what’s going on,” he said.

School threats have been increasing in the area since a shooting last week at a Florida high school killed 17 people, McDonnell said, adding that “this should be a wake-up call for all of us.”

School district security officer Marino Chavez told reporters that when he heard the threat, he asked the student about it, and the teen confirmed that he made it but was just kidding and didn’t mean it. Chavez told the student he could not say such things at school.

Superintendent Hasmik Danielian said in a statement that “we responded quickly and effectively when we first learned about the potentially dangerous threat that was made by the student.”

“We will remain vigilant in our efforts to make sure that we are doing everything possible when it comes to safety and security for our entire school community,” she said.

EARLIER: 8yo Brings Gun To Ohio Elementary School, After Florida Shooting – Springfield Police – Springfield, Ohio, USA: A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio, brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. A teacher found the gun Tuesday afternoon while putting homework into the 8-year-old boy’s backpack.

The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.

Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody.

The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

The 8-year-old student who brought a gun to school in his book bag will face discipline in accordance with Springfield City School Districts student code of conduct, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

Hill said he was proud of the staff at Simon Kenton for their quick response in ensuring the safety of the students.

Mass shootings have recently plagued the United States, and gun violence has become an increasing concern at US schools. A few days back, at least 17 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz – a former student at the school.


Kim Boateng

Kim Boateng

Staff Writer

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